Celebrating our 20th Anniversary: A Brief History of Adoption Center for Family Building

(This is an excerpt from a speech I gave at the agency’s 20 year anniversary celebration)

Twenty years ago, we created something unique; we envisioned an alternative to the more traditional, faith based agencies with a style that I would describe as “paternalistic”. These agencies had many requirements, rules and offered little flexibility. It was basically: “their way or the highway”.

Adoption agencies tended to have a narrow vision of who would make good parents (e.g.Evangelical Christian, married at least 5 years, no other kids). The requirements for each agency were arbitrary, capricious and varied from one to the other.

We wanted to offer something different.

Our goal was to open the door to adoption for many who were formerly closed out. Many wonderful aspiring parents were rejected by agencies because of their age, religion, marital status, number of years married, other children in the family or because they were a non-traditional family.

Since opening our doors, this agency has placed about one thousand babies into loving, safe adoptive homes. We’ve also completed about 1800 home studies over the years, taking prospective adoptive families one step closer to fulfilling their dreams.

Here’s what we think is most unique about ACFB:

Fast forward 20 years (2016) and we continue to have the same values/mission/ goals

Our goal for the future is to provide more options counseling and meaningful support to those considering adoption. Many of these women are single and the sole support of their family. So many of them are in crisis, struggling to pay their bills and take care of their other children. Our goal is to avert the crisis by helping them get through their pregnancy. Our services to expectant mothers are free so the money we raise goes toward helping them.

We typically help by providing counseling, paying rent, utility bills, food, transportation to doctors visits, phone, and other necessities. Our goal is to keep each birth mother in her home, off the street and safe.

Your support is so important to our being able to respond to the needs of birth mothers.

As an agency, our most important strength has been our staff and board: People who are passionate about adoption: Our volunteer board contributes hours of time, their own money and efforts to making this agency a success. Many of these folks have been touched by adoption in their own lives and know the importance and value of this work.

If you’re interested in making a donation to the ACFB Emergency Fund for Women and Children, please visit our website donation page: https://www.centerforfamily.com/donate-to-acfb.php or mail your donation to Adoption Center for Family Building, 8707 Skokie Blvd., Ste 208, Skokie, IL 60077. ACFB is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

This blog is provided by Adoption Center for Family Building, a licensed, non-profit, open adoption agency in Illinois and Indiana. For more information about our services, please visit our website at www.centerforfamily.com or call 800-869-1005. A birth mother counselor is available to answer questions 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays.

Recent Posts

KC, Alex & Isaac

We are KC, Alex, and Isaac and look forward to having the opportunity to meet you! We honor and admire your process as you consider making an adoption plan. We are a family of 3 living in Northwest Indiana with our two dogs Oscar and LuLu. Our son Isaac was adopted in 2020, and we can’t wait to see him become a big brother and help foster a connection that he and his future sibling can share with adoption as part of their journey.

Read More »


I would like to begin with a very heartfelt thank you for making the courageous choice to consider adoption and for taking the time to get to know me. My name is Karen. In that spirit, I have long wanted to become a mom through adoption. I come from an extraordinarily loving and supportive community of family and friends and would feel very privileged to have the opportunity to give a child all the love I have received. I look forward to sharing visits to area museums, trips to the theater and Grant Park, and so much more.

Read More »

Lindsay, Dan, Isaac, Eli, Thea

We are Lindsay, Dan, Isaac, Eli, and Thea! Having been through adoption before, we know that this is not easy but can have a wonderful outcome for all involved. We have learned that every situation is unique, and we are happy to listen to your story and develop a relationship that feels comfortable to you. We are excited to start a new adoption journey, and we can’t wait to add to our family. It has been our greatest joy to become parents, and we have so much love to share with another child.

Read More »

Alex and Shawn

Thank you for taking time to read our profile. While you are considering adoption for your child, and hoping to find just the right family, we are nervously waiting to be chosen by just the right birth parent. Shawn was adopted and grew up in Massachusetts and Alex grew up in Milwaukee. We both still love city life and now live in Chicago with our two cats. We know that a letter like this is far too short to convey all of who we are, but we will try our best!

Read More »